How to Join

Current Application Due Date: April 27, 2017

The following is due:

  • A completed online application on the Psi Chi International
  • Unofficial transcripts from all colleges attended
  • Membership Payment ($80)
  • Appeals Form
  • Scholarship Form


Requirements for Admission:

  1. Be a declared psychology or cognitive science major or minor.
  2. Have taken at least 20 units of psychology/cognitive science courses (transfer credits accepted).
    • ONLY classes taken leading up to the application period will be accepted. HOWEVER, current classes may be used in the appeal process.
  3. Have a MINIMUM of the following GPA in your class (top 35%) :
    • Class of ’19:  3.56
    • Class of ’18:  3.33
    • Class of ’17:  3.37
    • Class of ’16:  3.43
  4. Have no more than 1 C in any psychology course.


How to Apply:

  1. Complete the NEW online application HERE
  2.  Print out your unofficial transcripts from ALL colleges attended
  3. Pay one-time $80 membership fee via cash or check (made out to “Psi Chi UCSC”)
  4. Turn in all documents to the Psi Chi drop box** by 5 pm in the Social Sciences 2 building.

**The drop box is located on the south wall of the second floor next to the Psi Chi Announcement Board and between classrooms 165 and 167.


If you have more than 2 C’s in any classes see the APPEALS PROCESS page
If you are unable to pay the membership fee see the UCSC SCHOLARSHIP page

We accept applications every quarter. Application deadlines are announced via email through the UCSC Psychology Department each quarter and are posted on our web page.

Because the payment is a membership fee, payments will be returned in full if you are not accepted.  Cash payments may be returned in person at an organized time and place, checks will be immediately voided.

11 thoughts on “How to Join

  1. Hi!
    I’m a sophmore, and I’m very interested in joining this organization! Unfortunately I have two C+’s in psychology courses (intro to psych and personality psych.) Is there any ways I can still have a chance to make it in?

    Rebecca Case

  2. I was just informed that I have been rejected and I’m not sure why. Is there any way to get information about why a specific applicant’s application would be declined? Thank you for your time.

  3. Thanks for your interest in Psi Chi! We hate to deny applicants, so I’m really glad that you’re reaching out to us! I saw your online application, however, we also require that applicants submit their unofficial transcripts. The application process is detailed on our website: If you are a transfer student be sure to submit your unofficial transcripts from UCSC and ALL other colleges attended (e.g. community college). So instructions are there, but feel free to contact me if you have any other questions/concerns/comments. If and when you apply next quarter I will no longer be in charge of applications; Mike Whitbord is the incoming treasurer, so he’ll be the one handling all the applications. Just fyi. But don’t hesitate to reach out to me; I’ll be around and probably still active with Psi Chi.

    Again, thanks for your interest and have a lovely day!


  4. I’m a double major in another field as well as psychology. I was wondering: is the GPA requirement specifically for psychology classes, or does my complete GPA have to calculate out to 3.43?

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